The BBC’s announcement that they’ll stick with You Decide as a selection format for Eurovision 2017 has left us with mixed feelings. Last year’s selection didn’t exactly set us on fire when it came to our Wiwi Jury. Not only that, but Joe and Jake failed to set the scoreboard alight. Their total of 8 points in the televote was only one point better than Electro Velvet managed in 2015.
Well, we think we might have found a great competitor to fly the UK’s flag in Kyiv: Melanie C. The ex-Spice Girl recently released her new track “Anymore“, which comes in handily at under three minutes and was released just after the 1st September cut-off point.
Mel C — Anymore
Now, look, we’re not saying that this should be the UK’s Eurovision entry hands down. It is, however, a very strong song and would probably do very well at the contest.
What it does prove is that Mel could be behind a song that’s right in the Eurovision mould. She was often regarded as the best vocalist from the Spice Girls and has had a number of solo hits. “Never Be The Same Again” and “I Turn To You” both went to number one, whilst she had modest success recently with her duet with Matt Cardle, “Loving You“.
Choosing Mel wouldn’t necessarily strike as an attempted “reboot” or “blast from the past”, like Bonnie Tyler or Engelbert Humperdinck. The Spice Girls continue to be culturally relevant even now: just look at their performance at the 2012 Olympics. Talks of a reunion in 2017 have been going around for some time now too.
Except Mel C has already ruled herself out of that reunion (along with Victoria Beckham), stating that it “didn’t feel right”. With nothing but her own material to promote for 2017, what would stop her from going to Kyiv?
We’d doubt that she would go in for You Decide 2017, unfortunately. But given the BBC’s call for strong and emotional songs this year, surely she’d be able to submit a tune.
What do you y’all think? Should Mel C — or an act like her — be the UK’s representative in Kyiv? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.